Acoustic Products supplied 2300 Sq M of Birch veneered and painted circular perforated Topperfo timber acoustic panels for the atrium and teaching areas.
The new flagship Campus for City of Westminster College by Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects is designed to support new ways of teaching and learning. The 24,000m2 College, won in a competition in 2006, provides much greater amounts of open learning spaces than typical colleges in the UK and holds state-of-the-art facilities for both students and staff. The building is designed to embrace interaction and diversity and allow students to learn from each other, both formally and informally.
The College is located in the heart of Central London at Paddington Green on the site of its previous building, an inefficient and failing 1960s block. The building has been designed from the inside-out, responding to the needs of the diverse groups who use the College, as well as taking into account the sensitive local context. It appears as a clean-cut, modern building with a distinct Scandinavian heritage. The buildings simple geometric forms rotate around a terraced atrium, creating a unifying yet flexible organisation.
To support connectivity with the local community, most public functions including an exhibition area, a theatre and a café are located adjacent to the main entrance before the security turnstiles. The choice of colours for the building is inspired by its context and by the change of the seasons, whilst the light timber panels lining the interior form a contrast to the exposed concrete surfaces and underline the Scandinavian design heritage.
The building is designed to be sustainable and energy efficient and the overall scheme will have a low maintenance liability, significantly reducing the buildings lifespan costs and carbon footprint.
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